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TWiP 36: Trichuris and microbes plan a hatch

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiM #58: The brain microbiome?

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Launching A “Social Networking War” Against Cancer

Like bacteria, cancer cells rely on communication and cooperation, says TAU research

Experts agree that, more than ever before, modern wars will be fought in the cyber zone, targeting an enemy’s communications technology to cause untold damage. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is suggesti... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº253: El genoma de la bacteria que fermenta las aceitunas (Lactobacillus pentosus genome sequenced)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº253 deals with the sequencing of a Lactobacillus pentosus strain responsible of Spanish‐Style Green Ol... Read More

TWiV 170 Letters

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May I suggest a pick-of-the-week podcast that captures the difficult aspects of creativity and research that may help students of your craft understand the 90% perspiration part of your work. A download link of,  Read More

TWiM #42: Staphylococcus, a three-star pathogen

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

H5N1 research symposium to be webcast live to public

The Royal Society in London will host an international symposium this week to address research issues surrounding H5N1 avian influenza research. Sponsored in part by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the two-day meeting, April 3-4, will feature key influenza researchers and will be we... Read More

TWiM #47: Resistance on the surface

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Read More

A zap of cold plasma reduces harmful bacteria on raw chicken

A new study by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. The proof-of-concept study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

Although recent high-profile outbreaks of... Read More

TWiP 39 Letters

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Thanks for the podcast! I wanted to add a quick note about diagnosing trich: As a cytotechnologist, I diagnose trich on pap smears daily. I imagine this is how a lot of ladies find out they are infected.


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Rapid Test Strips Detect Bacterial Contamination in Swimming Water (video)

Chemistry professor John Brennan talks about a paper strip, developed at McMaster University, that can detect harmful concentrations of E. coli in recreational water within minutes.

The bioactive paper detects E. coli quickly* and simply, with much greater accuracy than existing portable tec... Read More

TWiM #55: In the copper room

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TWiM #40: A mecca for microbiology

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Bugs Need Symbiotic Bacteria to Exploit Plant Seeds: Mid-Gut Microbes Help Insects in Processing Their Food

Aggregations of the red and black coloured firebugs are ubiquitous under linden trees in Central Europe, where the bugs can reach astounding population densities. While these insects have no impact on humans, their African, Asian, and American relatives, the cotton stainers, are serious agricult... Read More

Scientists see AIDS vaccine within reach after decades

At an ill-fated press conference in 1984, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler boldly predicted an effective AIDS vaccine would be available within just two years.

But a string of failed attempts - punctuated by a 2007 trial in which a Merck vaccine appeared to make peopl... Read More

Researchers find a way to detect “hypervirulent” Salmonella strains

A recent discovery of "hypervirulent" Salmonella bacteria has given University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Michael Mahan and Douglas Heithoff a means to potentially prevent food poisoning outbreaks from these particularly powerful strains. Their findings, in a paper titled "Intraspe... Read More

Drug-resistant Bacteria - Designing Nanoparticles For High Antibiotic Doses

Highly-targeted nanoparticles that deliver huge doses of existing antibiotics could be used to overload the defenses of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT reported in the journal ACS Nano. The authors explained that the development of novel antibiotics... Read More

TWiM #39: What Darwin never knew

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Turmeric Spices Up Virus Study

The popular spice turmeric packs more than just flavor — it shows promise in fighting devastating viruses, Mason researchers recently discovered.

Curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Aarthi Narayanan, lead... Read More

Saving the World with Microbes - A Summer Happy Hour Series at ASM HQ - July 19, 2012

Did you know that your body is home to 10 times more microbes than human cells? Join us at ASM Headquarters on Thursday, July 19, 2012, from 6-8 PM to learn about the human microbiome and its fascinating practical applications. Come mingle with like-minded enthusiasts and curious citizens ove... Read More

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